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My week on Academia.edu

Message to All followers on our blog SBI-Training.com/wp, SBI-Training.blogspot.com and related Facebook pages facebook.com/sbi.training.solutions…

Since a certain time, this blog has gone viral, and I received around 100 news subsribers through various channels. Thank you for your interest and support.

Though I have shared some tips through my research experience through the series “BTSO, A New Turning Point” posted on my personal page on LinkedIn, I noticed that upon joining academia.edu as a “paid” subscriber, I got more from the analytics features on profile views.

For the last 30 days, here is a snapshot of the traffic overview of my profile : increase in Profile Views + 4,400%; increase in document views +1,117%; increase in unique visitors +900%. This means 45 profile views, 73 document views, and 60 visitors.

All those results are just not due to “luck” or “marketing gicks”. It is a pure result of hard work.

Indeed, I have started uploaded my papers on International Business, International Marketing, Organisational Behavior, Cultural Diversity, Strategic Management,  Introducation to Finance, and some of my working-in-progress (WIP) research for my book “Back to Square One”.

For the past three weeks, I am thrilled to received notifications from Academia.edu on visitors’ views and downloads of my articles. The “hottest” topic that attracted so many views is on a paper submitted in class on “international organisations and international relations” for my DBA studies at UMEF University. Wow, within one week, this paper is rank among the top 10 search results among over 55’000’000 papers. Quite impressive, isn’t it?

Well, I am not trying to boast on my work, my story of this week is just to encourage you to do the same as I have always done as a researcher: work hard, work hard, and keep on trying.

Good luck!

Anita H.

 

Edu-News: Final dissertation topics

Deadlines for submission:

  • December 31, 2014 for Intake 01-2014 (starting October 15, 2014). View ID listing update_31.10.2014.
  • January 31, 2015 for Intake 02-2014 (starting November 25, 2014). View ID listing update_21.11.2014.
  • June 30, 2015 for Intake 01-2015 (starting February 28, 2015).
  • August 31, 2015 for Intake 02-2015 (starting July 1, 2015)

Instructors: Prof. Anh Tho  Andres, Dr Nguyen Huu Than.

Instructions: Please choose the topic for your final dissertation for the Eng-4-MBA English Preparatory Class.

1. Topic one: Banking and Finance. Dissertation Assignment #1

  • a. Read this book in the original version in English (Link) and use the e-book in Vietnam for your own understanding.
  • b. Watch the Learn with You Tube series of  videos I posted on this topic, use this link.
  • c. View proposed curriculum on Banking and Financial Institutions on sbi-training.com e-College.
  • d. Submit your assignment on your own blog announced on Forum-4-Creativity.

2. Topic two: International Trade. Dissertation Assignment #2

  • a. Read this book in the original version in English (Link) and use the e-book in Vietnam for your own understanding.
  • b. Watch the Learn with You Tube series of  videos I posted on this link.
  • c. View curriculum on International Trade on sbi-training.com e-College.
  • d. Submit your assignment on your own blog announced on Forum-4-Creativity.

3. Topic three: Organisational Communication. Dissertation Assignment #3

  • a. Read recommended books in the original version in English. Refer to your Vietnamese study material if necessary.
  • b. Watch the Learn with You Tube series of  videos I posted on this link.
  • c. View curriculum on Organisational Communication sbi-training.com e-College.
  • d. Submit your assignment on your own blog announced on Forum-4-Creativity.

4. Topic four: Human Resource Management. Dissertation Assignment #4

  • a. Read recommended books in the original version in English. Refer to your Vietnamese study material if necessary.
  • b. Watch the Learn with You Tube series of  videos I posted on this link.
  • c. View curriculum on Human Resource Management & Leadership sbi-training.com e-College.
  • d. Submit your assignment on your own blog announced on Forum-4-Creativity.

5. Topic five: Corporate Social Responsibility: Dissertation Assignment #5

  • a. Read recommended books in the original version in English. Refer to your Vietnamese study material if necessary.
  • b. Watch the Learn with You Tube series of  videos I posted on this link.
  • c. View curriculum on Corporate Social Responsibility sbi-training.com e-College.
  • d. Submit your assignment on your own blog announced on Forum-4-Creativity.

6. Topic six: Marketing Strategy and Planning. Dissertation Assignment #6

Dissertation Assignment #3

Managing Conflict – Negotiation Skills – Interpersonal Skills.

Question:

  • What are Conflicts About? What Approaches to Conflict do you recommend? How to Handle Conflicts Constructively? How to negotiate Peace?
  • Assignment of 1200-1500 words based on the recommended readings below.
  • Deadline: extended to 31 December 2014 for intake 01-14; 31 January 2015 for intake 02-14.

Readings on Conflict and Conflict Management

  • ‘The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defence’ – http://adrr.com provides a method of using words to deal with conflict situations;
  • ‘Work 911’, http://work911.com provides over 1000 articles organised into categories of communication, anger management, work-related issues, and stress.
  • ‘Workplace Solutions’ http://wps.org is a chock-full resources and links to articles that deal with conflict resolution and reducing violence in the workplace. 
  • The International Association for Conflict Management, http://iacm-conflict.org brings scholars and practitioners together to study and develop conflict management skills in many settings. Find links to articles, research, and more organisations.

Other courses by Anh Tho Andres on Communication Skills, click here.

Dissertation Assignment #5

Dissertation Question: Choose 4 out of these 24 questions and state your viewpoint.
  • Course on Corporate Social Responsibility by Anh Tho Andres, click here
  • Read my series on BE GOOD on LinkedIN
  • View the Dalai Lama’s recommendation on Compassionate Ethics on Difficult Times. Click here.
  • CSR topics on Learn with YouTube: Click here
Length: about 300 words (One A4 page for each question answered)
Deadline: extended to 31 December for 01-14 and 31January 2014 for 02-14
1.   What historical trends have affected the social responsibilities of business? How have recent scandals affected the business climate, including any changes in responsibilities and expectations?
2.    Consider the role that various business disciplines, including marketing, finance, accounting, and human resources, have in social responsibility. What specific views and philosophies do these different disciplines bring to the implementation of social responsibility?
3.      How do legitimacy, urgency, and power attributes positively and negatively affect a stakeholder’s ability to develop relationships with organizations?
4.      What is reputation management? Explain why companies are concerned about their reputation and its effects on stakeholders. What are the four elements of reputation management? Why is it important to manage these elements?
5.      What role does executive compensation play in risk-taking and accountability? Why do some people partially blame compensation for the failures of the subprime mortgage and financial industries in 2008-2009?
6.   Why are internal controls and risk management important in corporate governance? Describe three approaches organizations may take to managing risk.
7.   How do political action committees influence society, and what is their appropriate role in a democratic society?
8.  Why should an organization implement the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations (FSGO) as a strategic approach for legal compliance?
9.    What are the potential benefits of an emphasis on procedural justice?
10. Why are we seeing more evidence of widespread ethical dilemmas within organizations?
11.  What is a code of conduct and how can a code be communicated effectively to employees?
12.  What role does leadership play in influencing organizational behavior?
13.  Describe the differences between workplace diversity and equal employment opportunity. How do these differences affect managerial responsibilities and the development of social responsibility programs?
14. Why are organizations developing work-life programs? What trends have contributed to these programs?
15. How can companies strive for successful relationships with consumers, including meeting their economic, legal, ethical, and philanthropic expectations?
16. How will consumer rights and activism change over the next decade? Will the movement strengthen or decline? Why?
17. What role does top management play in developing and implementing a strategic philanthropy approach?
18. Describe the four-stage process for planning and implementing strategic philanthropy.
19. Many people believe that the government should regulate business with respect to privacy online, but companies say self-regulation is more appropriate. Which approach would most benefit consumers most? Business?
20. How can a strategic technology assessment help a company?
21. Think of instances of greenwashing that you have encountered. What is the harm of greenwashing?
22. What federal laws seem to have the greatest impact on business efforts to be environmentally responsible?
23. How can organizations create stronger engagement with employees? What would be the effects on social responsibility? How would social responsibility affect engagement?
24. What is national competitiveness? Describe the ways in which the three drivers of the Responsible Competitiveness Index (RCI) affect business and vice versa.

Dissertation Assignment #4

Dissertation Assignment Question: Environment in Human Resource Management

1.         Your company, a growing firm in the financial services industry, is extremely sensitive to the issues surrounding business ethics. The company wants to be proactive in developing a business ethics training program for all employees both to ensure the company’s reputation as an ethical company in the community and to help maintain the industry’s high standards. As the HR Director and someone who values the importance of having all employees trained in the area of business ethics, you are in charge of developing the ethics training program. It needs to be a basic program that can be presented to all employees in the company. Resources for business ethics information can be found at http://www.business-ethics.org/primer1.html.

1.1.    What legislative act prompted many U.S. companies to develop internal ethical policies and procedures?

1.2.    What are key concepts related to business ethics that should be considered in the development of the ethics training program?

2.  Case Study: Chapter 2, p 68 “Pioneers in HR Analytics”. Answer the following questions:

2.1. What are some reasons that more organizations do not implement HR analytics? How would you make the case for adopting HR analytics?

2. How can HR professionals develop the needed skills to analyze and interpret metrics? What resources could an HR professional consult to begin building expertise in this area?

3. The leadership in your company has changed as the result of a merger of your company with another company. The other company provides services similar to those provided by your company; however, the workforce demographic varies from that of your existing employees. For instance, the other company in the merger has a culture that recognizes and supports domestic partners. You have received a request to prepare a Diversity Initiative Plan. As HR Manager, you are aware that your existing employees will have issues and concerns and that you will need to institute some new policies, practices, and procedures. A resource for information on developing a Diversity Initiative Plan and diversity training is http://www.diversitycentral.com.

3.1. What should the plan include?

3.2. What diversity training programs should be offered to assist the employees of both companies in merging the two companies together?

Writing Requirements

  • APA Format
  • 3-5 paragraphs in length (excluding cover page, abstract, and reference list)
  • Use the APA template located under the Course Information tab to complete the assignment.